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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Ravel: Night on Bald Mountain

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  1. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - PromenadeNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - GnomusNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - PromenadeNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - The Old CastleNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - PromenadeNew York Philharmonic Orchestra0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - The Tuileries GardensNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - BydloNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - PromenadeNew York Philharmonic Orchestra0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - Ballet Of The Chickens In Their ShellsNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - Samuel Goldenberg And SchmuyleNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - The Market-place At LimogesNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)New York Philharmonic Orchestra 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - Cum mortuis in lingua mortuaNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel - The Hut On Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)New York Philharmonic Orchestra 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - The Great Gate Of KievNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Mussorgsky: A Night On The Bare MountainNew York Philharmonic Orchestra11:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - For Orchestra M.61 - 1. Modéré - très francNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - For Orchestra M.61 - 2. Assez lentNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - For Orchestra M.61 - 3. ModéréNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - For Orchestra M.61 - 4. Assez animéNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra - 5. Presque lent - dans un sentiment intimeNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra - 6. Assez vifNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra - 7. Moins vifNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra - 8. Epilogue (Lent)New York Philharmonic Orchestra 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (April 5, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GDA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Martin Selbrede on October 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Although I already had plenty of versions of the Mussorgsky works in my CD collection, I was swayed by the lavish praise heaped on this Sinopoli recording by Amazon reviewers. Buying it was certainly one way to determine if the praise was deserved. Since I decided it wasn't, I'm out the money but gained some experience in trusting my fellow reviewers here on Amazon. Sinopoli has done credible work elsewhere (Gurrelieder, Schubert's 8th, etc.), but this version of Pictures on the Bald Mountain (or is it Night at the Exhibition?) wasn't remarkable. Yes, there was the occasional "hmmm, interesting" moment, but they were few and far between. Of the movements, Limoges seemed to be well-thought-out from beginning to end: if all the movements had this quality of interpretation, Sinopoli would have earned 5 stars, not 3. One reviewer praised the muted trumpet solo for being rich rather than thin, but wasn't a thin sound from Schmuyle what Ravel intended in his transcription (although I'm not necessarily endorsing Karajan's version)?

There are far worse versions than this (not considering Tomita's for the moment), but there are certainly more definitive versions as well. Look to Giulini and Abbado as more reliable guides here, at least on Pictures. (Abbado's original version of Night on Bald Mountain is worth acquiring, but it's not a fair comparison here because it's a completely different work than what Rimsky put through his beatgrinder.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The field is so thick with good recordings of Mussorgsky's "Pictures" -- and the work is such a conductor's favorite -- that you can pick the style you happen to prefer. The ones that exist to display the highest orchestral virtuosity (e.g., Reiner, Karajan, Abbado) have led the field for a long time, but this was meant to be music, after all, whose appeal is emotional. Versions that show personal feeling are rare. My favorite is Bernstein's, also with the NY Phil. (remastered on Sony), and Giulini (DG). Now Sinopoli's very imaginative version can be added to the list.

It's clear from the outset that Sinopoli wants to paint an emotional picture for each title, not simply a sound picture, and that makes sense to me, since unlike Mussorgsky we don't have the actual visual images in our minds. If you are bothered by the prospect of "The Old Castle," with its mournful saxophone solo, taking over five min., then Sinopoli's way with the score will seem self-indulgent. In fast movements like "The Tuileries Gardens," the texture is softer than usual, with less flash than, say, Reiner. The overall effect is dream-like, as if the composer were lost in reverie as he strolls from picture to picture. DG's sonics are fine, and the NY Phil., which always seemed to like Sinopoli (not every orchestra did), plays with unexpected delicacy and restraint.

Pairing the main event with 'Night on Bald Mountain' is par for the course (we get an exciting reading of the familiar Rimsky-Korsakov edition), but adding Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales isn't -- I suppose Sinopoli wanted to show us what Ravel could do when orchestrating his own piano music, not just Mussorgsky's.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "the_drone" on April 29, 2000
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Sinopoli's performance of Ravel's orchestral version of Pictures at an Exhibition is among the very best in the market. The recording is cristal clear that if you listen with headphones, you may actually listen the rustle of the performers clothing as they move on their chairs. The resonant sounds of the brass section may seem strange at first, but it is one of the most memorable aspects of this recording. Somehow, Sinopoli's performance moves me more than, say, Karajan's, which is also a beautiful performance. I'm motivated to write this review in part to challenge the low rates given to this disc by Greg Hales below, who sounds as if he has an unresolved personal grudge against the NY Philarmonic Orchestra. Don't trust his words: they are not his own, since he borrows his ideas and opinions from others. This is his review of Bernstein's performance of Mahler's 9th Symphony: "This recording brings the only time that Bernstein conduted the Berlin Philharmonic as far as I know. The results are electric." Now, compare to the Penguin Guide's review: "Bernstein's version of Mahler's Ninth, made live in 1979, was the solitary occasion when he was permitted to conduct Karajan's own orchestra, and the response is electric..." That is the pattern of all of his reviews.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAME on October 15, 2002
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This splendid Deutsche Grammophon recording of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" deserves its critical praise as among the finest versions ever recorded. Sinopoli leads the New York Philharmonic in a majestic performance, noted for his appropriate use of broad tempi, slowly building from one satisfactory climax to another. The New York Philharmonic's brass and string sections are exemplary, playing with much warmth and brilliance. Indeed, the New York Philharmonic's brass section sounds as vibrant as the Chicago Symphony's or the Berlin Philharmonic's. "Pictures at an Exhibition" is coupled with two splendid performances of Mussorgsky's "Night on Bare Mountain" and Ravel's "La Valse". Anyone who doubts whether the New York Philharmonic can play as well as its peers in Chicago and Berlin should listen to this fine recording, which is unquestionably among the orchestra's best in the past two decades.
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